All roads lead to Mpumalanga Stadium as Golden Arrows battle Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League on Saturday afternoon.
Will Cavin Johnson's reign begin with a big win away from home or will it be business as usual for Arrows in the league this season?
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⚽️Golden Arrows vs. Kaizer Chiefs
🗓Saturday 28 October 2023
🏟Mpumalanga Stadium, Hammarsdale, KZN
📺SuperSport PSL 202
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Golden Arrows vs Kaizer Chiefs match preview
Arrows are coming off a thrilling 3-1 win at home against Cape Town City in the Knockout Cup as goals from Tebogo Tlolane, Nduduzo Sibiya and Knox Mutizwa ensured their place in the next round.
With focus now shifted back to the DStv Premiership where the team has won four of their last five fixtures and going unbeaten in the process, it will be fascinating to see how they matchup against Chiefs with a new coach.
Mabhuti Khanyeza's side are impressively in 3rd place on the PSL table after picking up 17 points from their first eight league matches.
Johnson's recent appointment as Chiefs' interim coach is expected to turn things around for the better following what has been a disastrous campaign by the club's standard under former coach Molefi Ntseki.
Tasked with picking all three points against the third-best team in the league at the moment, his players will look to get the job done as they did in their last visit to Mpumalanga Stadium last December to get the interim management on a flier.
Chiefs are 8th on the table, and they've accumulated 11 points from nine league matches.
Golden Arrows vs Kaizer Chiefs probable lineups
Coach Khanyeza could be tempted to maintain the 4-2-3-1 formation that worked really well against Cape Town City in the Knockout Cup with Angelo van Rooi, Sibiya and Tlolane playing just behind the lone striker Nguse.
Johnson, meanwhile, is expected to carry on with the team's 4-3-3 formation in his first game in charge for AmaKhosi with Tebogo Potsane, Pule Mmodi and Ranga Chivaviro forming the attacking trident.
Here is how we think both coaches will line up their teams in this Premier Soccer League game:
Ismail Watenga (GK); Brandon Theron, Gladwin Shitolo, Ntsikelelo Nxadi, Bradley Cross; Lungelo Dube, Velemseni Ndwandwe, Angelo van Rooi, Nduduzo Sibiya; Tebogo Tlolane, Lungelo Nguse.
Itumeleng Khune (GK); Edmilson Dove, Thatayaone Ditlhokwe, Njabulo Ngcobo, Reeve Frosler; Yusuf Maart, Lehlogonolo Matlou, Sibongiseni Mthethwa; Tebogo Potsane, Pule Mmodi, Ranga Chivaviro.
Golden Arrows vs Kaizer Chiefs confirmed lineups
*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released
Golden Arrows vs Kaizer Chiefs head-to-head
Both clubs have faced off against each other many times in the last eight years. and these teams played 17 matches.
It's unsurprising that Chiefs have the head-to-head advantage between these teams since 2015, with eight wins, four draws and five losses.
They met last in February 2023 with Arrows beating Chiefs at the FNB Stadium. Here are the results of the last five meetings between these sides:
- 19 February 2023 – Kaizer Chiefs 2-3 Golden Arrows
- 31 December 2022 – Golden Arrows 0-2 Kaizer Chiefs
- 27 April 2022 – Golden Arrows 2-1 Kaizer Chiefs
- 19 March 2022 – Kaizer Chiefs 0-1 Golden Arrows
- 02 June 2021 – Kaizer Chiefs 3-2 Golden Arrows
Golden Arrows vs Kaizer Chiefs best bets
Goals have been scored in 12 previous clashes between them with at least two goals in 10 of those games. In that stretch, both teams have scored seven times against each other, with seven matches that ended in either a win or draw for Chiefs.
The outlined stats have yielded three predictions as best bets for Johnson's first game in charge of Chiefs:
- Kaizer Chiefs win or draw
- Both teams to score
- Over 1.5 total goals
Golden Arrows vs Kaizer Chiefs match details
Date: Saturday, 28 October 2023
Time: 15:30 SAST
Venue: Mpumalanga Stadium, Hammarsdale
Live broadcast: SuperSport PSL 202
This article was most recently revised and updated 4 weeks ago